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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, February 27, 2020

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MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Two MLS teams advanced last night in the Concacaf Champions League, while others around the league prepare for their season openers this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

2020 Big D Soccer Staff Predictions for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
As a new season approaches, our staff takes a stab at what will happen in 2020.

FC Dallas & NTSC players make provisional Olympic Qualifying rosters - Big D Soccer
A chunk of FC Dallas’ young core highlights the United States’ provisional Olympic qualifying roster.

FC Dallas and Luchi Gonzalez Ready to Kickoff 25th MLS Season | FC Dallas
The excitement continues to build for Saturday's opener.

State of FC Dallas: The youth movement continues – The Athletic (Paywall)
In Luchi Gonzalez's second season in charge, a team built from the ground up expects to keep getting better.

// MLS //

Thierry Henry, Montreal Impact park le bus to survive and advance in CCL | Charles Boehm |
Thierry Henry, Montreal Impact park the bus to survive and advance in Concacaf Champions League.

Three aspects of NYCFC's first-round win that bode well for their CCL hopes | Charles Boehm |
Three aspects of NYCFC's first-round win that bode well for their Concacaf Champions League hopes.

Nashville SC: What it means to be the Music City's club | J. Sam Jones |
When Nashville SC take the field for the first time this Saturday, they’ll be tasked with establishing themselves as an embodiment of the city’s culture. Music will be integral to that aim.

Facts, figures and images from every MLS training facility |
An impressive array of training facilities have been opened up across MLS in recent years.

Watch: MLS releases new anthem for 25th season, composed by Hans Zimmer |
A new anthem for a new year (or in some way, new era) for MLS. It is certainly an improvement on the old one.

Ahead of season 25, MLS touts lofty goals. But there is still so far to go. – The Athletic (Paywall)
MLS likes to talk a big game, but the numbers are a long way from backing it up.

The best and worst of African players in Major League Soccer history | ESPNFC
MLS teams have scouted African players over the years to some degree of success.

MLS Don Garber against staging league games in other countries | ESPNFC
MLS commissioner Don Garber has voiced his opposition to leagues scheduling regular season matches outside of their home countries.

2020 MLS predictions Is this LAFC's year? Can Miami best Nashville? ESPNFC
The 25th season of Major League Soccer is upon us. Who will lift the MLS Cup in November? Who will take home the MVP award? Here are more predictions.

The Chicago Fire's reformat | US Soccer Players
The Chicago Fire changed their badge, colors, stadium, coach, and playing personnel as their new investor/operator rang the changes at the MLS club.

St. Louis excited to see MLS stadium grow | Pro Soccer USA
Although there’s still a lot of work to do, Carolyn Kindle Betz said the sight of construction equipment and ramp closures is significant stadium progress.

LAFC pick up top spot in MLS allocation ranking in trade with Nashville SC - Angels on Parade
Looks like LAFC may be signing Andy Najar with this move.